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What Is Faith?… The Origin Of Life And Evolutionists’ Fanaticism

January 8, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Faith?… The Origin Of Life And Evolutionists’ Fanaticism

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 19 As we analyze the Darwiniac “theory” of evolution of “survival of the fittest,” the natural conclusion we come to is simply that the extinction of species is observed frequently; but the production or appearance of new species has never been observed. It is not science; it is wishful thinking. Experience shows that every attempt to provoke evolutionary change of species has failed: The mutations created by forced breeding experiments have been complete failures. Either they never go beyond the basic design of the creature; or they disappear in later generations; or they are quite useless; or they cause harm to the creature; or their offspring are sterile; or they simply produce monsters that…Continue Reading

Fruits Of The Holy Spirit

January 7, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Fruits Of The Holy Spirit

By DON FIER In concluding our consideration of the gifts of the Holy Spirit last week, we saw that the gift of “fear of the Lord,” even though listed last by the Prophet Isaiah (see Isaiah 11:2-3) and lowest in the order of excellence among the seven, is the initial and foundational gift on which the perfection of the others depends. It is a filial or reverential fear that moves a person to do God’s will and avoid sin solely out of love for God, who is all good and deserving of all our love. “The gift of fear comprises three principal elements,” explains Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, “a vivid sense of God’s greatness, a lively sorrow for the…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

January 6, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. When I was young 70 years ago, the Church stressed two types of Baptism: baptism of water and baptism of blood. Also, that persons who died without Baptism went to Limbo. My question regards the millions of unbaptized innocents, slaughtered in their mother’s wombs, by abortion. Surely, they come under baptism of blood and immediately enter Heaven — L.J.H., Arizona. A. As a contemporary of yours, we recall as a youngster hearing about a third type of baptism — baptism of desire. Here is how the Baltimore Catechism answered the question about salvation for those who die without Baptism: “Those who through no fault of their own have not received the sacrament of Baptism can be saved through what…Continue Reading

Back To Basics

January 5, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Back To Basics

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 1 Cor. 1:1-3 John 1:29-34 As we reenter the Ordinary Time after the anticipation of Advent and the joy of Christmas, the Church gives us a set of readings that calls us back to the most basic element of our faith. With all of the problems in the Church and in the world, it is easy to allow our focus to be shifted from the basics. With all of the dissent over moral teachings, it is easy to get caught up in arguments regarding what the Church teaches regarding morality. With the widespread exodus from the Church, it is easy to become downhearted and lose…Continue Reading

Holy Innocents, Selfishness And Abortion

January 4, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Holy Innocents, Selfishness And Abortion

By FR. RANDY SLY (Editor’s Note: Fr. Randy Sly is the Associate Editor of Catholic Online and a priest with the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter (http://usordinariate.org) established by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, through the Apostolic Constitution “Anglicanorum coetibus.” (Fr. Sly’s commentary below is reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.) + + + WASHINGTON, D.C. (CATHOLIC ONLINE) — In the Octave of Christmas, just after celebrating life we remember death. On this, the Feast of the Holy Innocents, we remember the young boys aged two and under who were slaughtered at the order of Herod the Great to make sure a rival ruler would not live. The magi, who traveled from the East to seek…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Adolescence Cannot Aspire To True Love

January 2, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Adolescence Cannot Aspire To True Love

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK With the Nat Geo cover photo this month of a nine-year-old boy dressed in pink, hair dyed to match, whose parents have decided that they agree he is a girl, we witness the total eclipse of parenthood. The perpetual confusion and uncertainty of youth have now been canonized as gender ideology, among other things. Love has been distorted into a cruel parody of itself. Don’t like your reproductive organs? Change them. Don’t like pain or dying? Kill yourself. Don’t want a baby growing rent-free in your womb? Abort it. Don’t feel attracted to the opposite sex? Redefine marriage. The adolescent rebellion against nature, and therefore also against God, is arriving at its end state: self-destruction.…Continue Reading

What Is Faith?… More On The Origin Of Life

January 1, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Faith?… More On The Origin Of Life

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 18 Schoolteachers who believe in the pseudo-dogma of evolution and second-class scientists refuse to face the fact that there are quite a few difficulties with the general theory of evolution. These difficulties are generally hidden from the public eye, as they are considered “politically incorrect” among the trendies. A major reason behind this effort to hide those difficulties is the attitude of many evolutionists who regard any criticism — let alone rejection — of their theory as being “disloyal” to science. Such homo sapiens who think they are the “sapiest” among mankind have created an atmosphere in which any unbiased judgment has become difficult. But they do not succeed all the time. In spite of…Continue Reading

Gifts Of The Holy Spirit — Fear Of The Lord

December 31, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Gifts Of The Holy Spirit — Fear Of The Lord

By DON FIER In one of her liturgical prayers, the Church intimates why piety, the gift of the Holy Spirit we examined last week, is so essential to our spiritual life: “Lord, holy Father, . . . although you have no need of our praise, yet our thanksgiving is itself your gift, since our praises add nothing to your greatness, but profit us for salvation, through Christ our Lord” (Roman Missal, Preface IV, Weekday Mass). As this prayer acknowledges, it is not possible for us, on our own, to fittingly venerate God with the honor and reverence He deserves. To assist us, we need the special gift of piety from the Holy Spirit, given initially in Baptism and later strengthened…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

December 30, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Can you explain the passage in Luke 7:18-23 where John the Baptist sends two of his disciples to ask Jesus if He is “the one who is to come,” i.e., the Messiah? I thought John already knew this since he said to Jesus when our Lord came to him for baptism, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me” (Matt. 3:14) — K.R., Connecticut. A. John knew that the Messiah was coming, but he may not have been absolutely certain that it was Jesus. After all, Jesus had gone to great lengths to conceal that He was the Messiah since the people of the time were expecting a warrior-Messiah who would overthrow the…Continue Reading

The Lord Desires Salvation For All

December 29, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Lord Desires Salvation For All

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of Epiphany (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6 Eph. 3:2-3a, 5-6 Matt. 2:1-12 Today we celebrate the Epiphany, or Manifestation, of our Lord. Traditionally there are three different aspects of our Lord’s life which are separated by time and distance, but are united in that they are all manifestations of our Lord’s divinity. These three events are the star and the arrival of the Magi, the Baptism of our Lord along with the descent of the Holy Spirit and the voice of the Father, and the changing of water into wine at the wedding in Cana where His disciples first began to believe in Him. In our day these three events are celebrated separately, so…Continue Reading